Updated: February 15, 2013
High Times has now updated their event website, showing that the Medical Cannabis Cup event will still be held, but now it will take place in San Bernardino at the National Orange Show Events Center.
Dan Skye, editorial director of High Times apologized for the changes, stating, “We understand how inconvenient this change in venue will be for vendors and attendees. I can assure you that we’re just as disappointed and dismayed that the Cup, which is a legal event attended by responsible adults, is prohibited on the whim of unelected officials.”
All planned events, including Redman and The Game performing as well as the awards show are set to happen at their original planned times. On their website, High Times wrote, “The new location, located at Gate #10 on Arrowhead Avenue, offers a spacious outdoor medication area and a comfortable indoor lounge where seminars attendees can relax or attend several seminars taking place throughout this weekend.”
The original report appears below.
The High Times Medical Cannabis Cup was set to take place this Saturday and Sunday in Glendale, Ca. However, the city of Glendale, Ca. is now asking a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge to stop the LA Cannabis Cup from taking place. The city wants to obtain a restraining order against organizers of the event to stop the event from being hosted.
An emergency closed session was held on Tuesday to stop the event, based on the argument that the space being used for the event, Glendale Studios, is zoned for broadcast and recording, not for concerts. Concerts featuring rappers Redman and The Game were slated to be held at the Cup on Saturday night.
The city also contested that the event was in violation of Glendale’s ban on medical marijuana dispensaries, which are not allowed in any district within the city. While marijuana would not be sold at the event, City Attorney Michael Garcia explained that their “ordinance defines dispensaries broadly.”
Whether the city opts to grant the restraining order or not, the people responsible for running Glendale Studios are no longer willing to hold the event. Steve Makhanian, who runs the studio, said that he will be cancelling the event because the city was “not happy” that the organizers had not received the proper permits. He explained, “As a studio owner, we can’t jeopardize having this event here.”
Just because Glendale has put the kibosh on the Medical Cannabis Cup does not necessarily mean that the event isn’t happening. Some Cup entrants exclusively revealed to NUGGETRY that they had been contacted by High Times, who were still trying to make the event happen. The organizers told the entrants that they are considering moving the event to Orange County last minute, but have yet to finalize details.
The event was initially planned to be held at LA Center Studios in Los Angeles, but moved to Glendale due to “unforeseen permit difficulties” according to the event’s website. Aside from entertainment from Redman and The Game, the event boasted celebrities and panels, including Tommy Chong receiving a lifetime achievement award.
NUGGETRY News will keep you updated on the event as more details emerge.